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Did you know eating a hot dog can cut your life short by 36 minutes?

by Grace Sundram

Despite several studies and discoveries about the dangers of fast food, it remains a popular choice for many people.

It’s no doubt that fast food is significantly less expensive than nutritious meals such as fresh salads. Plus it is also easily accessible, and discovering a fast food joint is much easier and not to mention, pretty much convenient for us — with a drive-thru and what not.


Researchers from the University of Michigan, on the other hand, conducted a study on the impact of eating a meal based on an individual. Turns out, having a piece of sausage can actually cut a person’s life expectancy by 36 minutes. Pretty shocking huh?

The research team then produces an index that determines whether the finding is helpful or detrimental to a person’s health.


Meat sausage served with toast was one of the meals tested by the researchers. The study discovered that eating 61 grammes of processed pork resulted in a loss of 27 minutes, while additional components in the sausage, such as trans-fatty acids, increased the value to 36 minutes.

As a result, the study concludes that eating nuts, seafood, and fruits is advantageous to one’s health and urges individuals to do so more frequently rather than relying on fast food.


Whereas avocados, for example, may add 2 minutes and 8 seconds to your life, bananas 13 minutes and 30 seconds, and salmon 13 minutes and 5 seconds.

However, according to Olivier Jolliet, one of the study’s researchers, this study is not designed to identify what foods to consume or predict a person’s life expectancy.

It is, though, a guide that can assist a person in learning more about the chosen meals and its impact on their health.

Do you think you’d want to eat another hot dog again after learning about this?

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